KARACHI : Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Monday pledged to bring economic reforms in the country, including tuning of Federal Board of Revenue to make it an economic growth promoting institute instead of tax collecting agency.
“We shall focus on exports and jobs generating economy by providing maximum facilities and incentives to our private sector to make them competitive in the world,” PTI Chief re-affirmed at an interactive session with the industrialists and exporters of SITE, the country’s old and largest industrial and trading estate here.
He was accompanied by senior leaders of his party including Emran Ismail, Asaid Umer, Fasial Wawda, Liaquat Ali Jatoi and PTI Member Sindh Assembly Khurram Zaman.
Among the businessmen, the prominent were Siraj Kassam Teli, President SITE Association of Industry Muhammad Jawed Bilwani and President Korangi Association of Trade and Industry Tariq Malik.
PTI Chairman said the most serious issues of the country were corruption, incompetence and un-employment.
He said if his party came into power, large scale reforms would be made in the bureaucracy to ensure competence and efficiency, besides eliminating corruption.
He said Pakistan was the second largest youngest population in the world after Yemen.
“We have a huge number of un-employed youth running door-to-door for jobs, he regretted, adding this workforce would be transformed into highly skilled ones and they would be absorbed by expanding the existing industries and setting up new ones.
Imran Khan said PTI would take drastic steps for cutting the cost of inputs and ensure easy availability of electricity, gas and other utilities for the industry and trade in the country.
He observed that indirect taxes on public had pushed them down to poverty line. He vowed that his government would focus on direct taxes through economic growth. It was the private sector which could generate jobs for our big population of unemployed youth.
He said every thing would be on merit and with full transparency. “Right person on right job is our slogan,” he remarked.
He assured more interaction with business community of the country and said he and his party’s senior leaders would be visiting chambers and trade associations for this purpose.
He recounted the achievements of his government in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa over the last four years.
President SITE Association of Industry Muhammad Jawed Bilwani and Patron-in-Chief of SITE association Siraj Kassam Teli spoke of the issues facing industrialists and traders of Karachi, which was the economic hub of the country.
Later on, PTI leadership took round of SITE industrial area.
Originally published by NNI